“…he not only proves he can stand on his own, but that he can rap with the best. – Complex
“As hot models roam the studio and smoke from numerous blunts in rotation fill the room, SauceLord literally makes his nocturnal vision into reality” – Vibe
“The wolf is the side of you people don’t get to see. It only comes out at night, and never plays games.” – SauceLord Rich
With his authoritative flow, knack for infectious hooks, beatmaking skills, and unmistakable sartorial style, Saucelord Rich is the latest eccentric genius to pop out of the Atlanta scene. As one-half of the production team FKi, the Atlanta resident has been behind the boards for some of the biggest Hip-Hop hits of the last decade, including Iggy Azalea (“Work”), Travis Porter (“Make It Rain”) and Post Malone (“White Iverson”). After years of being the guy behind the guy, assisting artists with penning rhymes and writing hooks as well as engineering and mixing records, SauceLord Rich embraces the spotlight on Know Me: King Wolf, an almost entirely self-produced effort that puts his skills as a rapper and singer at the forefront. The project establishes him as a self-sufficient hit machine, an Atlanta version of DJ Quik or Pharaohe Monch, but with more pop appeal.Read more
But there’s more to SauceLord than just his studio skills. Following the release of his compilation solo debut Know Me: SauceLord Rich this past April, he’s reintroducing himself to the listening public as a rapper, putting his mic skills to the test on Know Me: King Wolf, dropping TKDate. The project, which he produced and mixed with few collaborators, establishes him as a multifaceted artist, one who’s already excelled in every area he’s attempted—except in being at the foreground.
“Everybody knows about my songs, they know people take my songs and dress code, everything,” says SauceLord (born Steven Bolden), who’s noticed artists copying his unique style that spans experimental hairstyles to clothes exclusively purchased from thrift shops. “People don’t know how I feel about it, people don’t even know me to know how I feel about anything that’s going on. I’m doing this project so people can know me, and how I really feel about things.”
On Know Me: King Wolf, SauceLord copes with a recent dark phase where he ended up in the hospital for two weeks as the result of living an unhealthy lifestyle. The subsequent 13-track set is a moody blend of turn-up anthems (“Keenan Kel (All That),” “Came From Nothin”) to silkier fare (“New Butter,” “Moon Makin’ Music”), showcasing a turnstile of flows and subjects that gives listeners a closer look at who his is beyond the beats. There’s a playful side to his persona as well—as a pop culture obsessive, he plans to recreate the film Set It Off and the visuals for The Police’s “Wrapped Around Your Finger” for a few of the music videos for the LP’s singles.There’s a playful side to his persona as well—as a pop culture obsessive, he plans to recreate the film Set It Off and the visuals for The Police’s “Wrapped Around Your Finger” for a few of the music videos for the LP’s singles.
Rapping has always been a constant in his life, since he started both emceeing and producing at the age of 12. “It was the only time I got to be by myself and share my own thoughts,” says SauceLord, who met FKi’s FKi 1st during high school and found common ground after getting into a heated debate over Jay Z versus Nas. Both attended and graduated Full Sail University to hone their craft and learn ProTools, leading to work with Collipark Music where they first linked with Travis Porter to produce some of their biggest hits.
In the years that followed, FKi worked with hip-hop’s A-list including T.I., Ty Dolla Sign, 2 Chainz and Tyga, with revered publications like Billboard and XXL naming them in their respective top producers of the year lists. But SauceLord has always had his mind set on transitioning into rapping, recording collabs with Iggy Azalea and 5ive Mics along the way. “The only thing that’s left on my list is doing it myself,” he says. “We’ve made a few people a lot of people and a lot of people famous. I figure, why not? The talent is there. I have the look, the courage, everything that’s going forward. I’m tired of holding myself back by not doing it.”
He began recording Know Me: King Wolf while in Los Angeles with Post Malone in 2014, splitting his time between producing tracks like “White Iverson” (which went on to be certified two-timesdouble platinum) and laying down his own material. “I just realized what I could do on my own, just trying to make a song,” says SauceLord, who spent the next few years spending tireless hours in the studio confecting his debut project.
With Know Me: King Wolf on the way, SauceLord is finally ready to share not just his talent with the world, but his story, too. “Just because people can hear the sounds you make, they don’t know how you feel—they don’t know what matters to you,” he says. “I want people to know that I have a voice, people can hear me, they can understand what I’m saying. They can go through what I go through. That’s what the voice is for. It’s for people to hear it, and I want to be heard.”
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